klwright69
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CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:28 pm

I have a question about CO's EWR-SJU flights. I took this flight in the mid 90's. They had widebody A300's on some sections back then.

Both then and in recent years they have used 757's also.

Recently I noticed that during off-peak months the flight is now a once daily 737. During peak travel periods like over Christmas and in the spring and summer, there are now 3 daily flights, on 737 800s.

I am a bit surprised because I thought year round traffic on this route was consistently higher than 1 daily flight. And capacity increases for peak travel times were much higher in the past than they are currently.

I thought that relatively speaking this route was a "bigger market" than what it appears to be now.

The change seems dramatic.
 
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:39 pm

Maybe due to the bad economy?
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:41 pm

It's still a big route, but jetBlue has taken a big chunk of it. Their 4-5 JFK-SJU flights took a lot of the traffic from AA, CO & Tower Air (if you remember their 747s).
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:41 pm

The market has also changed. We have seen B6 capture much of the traffic into the Carribbean.
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klwright69
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:18 pm

Interesting responses. If it's due to B6, I suppose CO did not feel the market was worth a real big fight. I do not think it's due to the economy only, but partly. It's a big market out of NYC. It used to be a widebody market for CO.

When CO started EWR-SJU in the early 90's they launched it with 3 daily 757's. And it was a route with large capacity aircraft (A300) for a time also as I stated before.

Anyway, it seems like quite a substantial reduction over the years.
 
sulley
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:21 pm

It's mostly VFR and leisure traffic as well, so no high yields.
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klwright69
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:33 pm

Quoting Sulley (Reply 5):
It's mostly VFR and leisure traffic as well, so no high yields.

True.. I think CO in general has moved to focus on more high yield routes.. Before it was not the case.
 
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RE: CO's EWR-SJU Flights

Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:44 pm

CO also had a weekly SJU flight from CLE, though not sure if they still do that. Some capacity could have been routed that way as well.

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